The first family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They have been in the U.S. for three weeks. The family includes a husband, age 24, and wife, age 23. They have a daughter, age 2, and son, age 9 months. The couple fled from the Congo as very young children when their two families had to find safety from war. The couple, who are from the same region in DRC, have lived for nearly 20 years in a refugee camp in Uganda. They met and married in the camp, where both children were born. His parents remain in the camp, as does her sister. While in camp, the husband found work in social service as a youth leader. He speaks English very well, and wants to quickly find work in the United States to support his family and hopefully reunite with family members still in camp.
The second family is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been in the U.S. for only a few weeks. The family includes a husband, age 43, and wife, age 31. They have six children (four sons and two daughters), ages 2 through 12. The husband was a farmer in Congo until the family had to flee the region and its civil war. They eventually made their way to refugee camp in Uganda, where they have been for many years. Many of the children were born in refugee camp and have not had a true sense of home. The children will soon start school and they family looks forward to safety and opportunity in our country.
Our third family is from Syria and includes a husband, wife and their two sons, ages 9 and 7. They fled Syria five years ago after war erupted in their region. The traveled to Jordan and were provided temporary shelter by a local family. The left a very good life in Syria, they said, that changed tragically for them, their family and their many friends when war disrupted their peaceful existence. They left Syria with few possessions. The father was a chauffeur in Syria but could not work in Jordan. The children were excellent students. They have been in the U.S. for almost three months and said they are thankful for the U.S. and our friendly, caring citizens.